Wow, it really feels like it's (almost) fall here in NYC. We had a beautiful weekend and I loved enjoyed my first Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal in quite some time yesterday.

I didn't grow up with fall. Miami has one season: HOT. And Texas isn't much better. So for as long as I've lived in Manhattan, I've made a concerted effort to actively appreciate Autumn. When October rolls around and sweater weather settles in, I enjoy it.

An afternoon snack I've been whipping up recently is this Pumpkin Pie Spice Smoothie. It's made with a few simple ingredients, it's packed with protein, it's low in sugar, it's dairy free, and best of all, it can be made for less than 200 calories!


1/2 cup frozen pumpkin (I freeze canned pumpkin into ice cube trays - in my trays, 1/2 cup equals about four cubes) {40 calories}

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk {30 calories}

1 scoop Vega Viva Vanilla Protein Smoothie Powder {80 calories}

1 tsp cinnamon {6 calories}

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice {6 calories}

Optional honey graham crumble topping (I used a meat tenderizer to mash up a bag of Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks and use about 1/4 bag per smoothie) {33 calories}

To make: combine frozen pumpkin cubes, protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and top with graham crumbles and more cinnamon if desired. Enjoy with a straw.

You can use any protein powder you like, but Vega is always an easy, affordable choice for me - plus, I love that it's nutrient goodness is equal to two servings of veggies. 

Let me know if you give it a whirl. Pun intended.

Have a terrific Tuesday. See you tomorrow with WIAW!

P.S. I am back in action on Pinterest after a crazy long hiatus. Let's play!